Online Shopping Frenzy!

21 Nov 2011

Online Christmas shopping expected to reach a frenzy – the British Chiropractic Association helps you surf the net and protect your back with some great tips.

According to Kelkoo, the online shopping comparison site, online sales are expected to reach £424 million on Monday 21st November, with people spending an average of around £300,000 a minute. If you are hunched over a computer or laptop, getting your Christmas shopping done, the British Chiropractic Association has some advice to help you and your posture!

At your computer

  • Always take the time to adjust your chair to make sure you are adopting the best possible posture.
  • Your seat should be adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground, your knees bent, but with a slope from your hips to your knees. You should end up with your hips higher than your knees and your eyes level with the top of the computer screen. You may need to put the screen on a stand or even on a ream of paper to bring it to the right height.
  • Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back with your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair.
  • Arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. Use a seat with arm rests.
  • Take regular breaks. Never sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes; less if possible.

On the move in the house or out and about with a laptop

  • The portability of a laptop makes it very convenient and flexible to use, but it is tempting to use them in situations where you might be in an awkward position. You may not realise that you are in an uncomfortable or potentially pain inducing position if you are concentrating on what you are doing.
  • If using a laptop, invest in a stand to put it on (or use a ream of paper or other object). This ensures the screen is at eye level.
  • For laptops used in the home, it is a good idea to buy a normal keyboard and mouse to plug in, as this makes it much easier to use the laptop in a more ‘back friendly manner’.
  • If you are on the train, bus or grabbing some shopping time whilst in stopped in your car and must use your laptop, don’t sit for long periods doing this, as you are looking down onto the screen with your head unsupported.

Exe Chiropractic Clinic is located in central Exeter. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive treatment approach to musculoskeletal problems (lower back pain, neck pain, headaches). To book a consultation with a chiropractor call us on 01392 690200 or email us on We look forward to seeing you soon!

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